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Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition

Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV PG

Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition is a nationally-syndicated TV series available around the U.S. on a number of CW affiliate stations. (The full listing is on the program's companion website.) Teen Edition is a spin-off of Made in Hollywood, which offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the people who make films rather than those who star in them.

What sets Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition apart from its parent program is its unique focus on career exploration. The pre-show tease states clearly that the show's purpose is to "show teens how to pursue careers on-camera and behind-the-screen." In one episode, host Kylie Erica Mar speaks with the producer and director of Toy Story 3; the Special Effects Make-Up Artist from the movie The Wolfman; and the Visual Effects Supervisor from Alice in Wonderland. The segments are augmented by riveting clips of the pros on the job, and the interviews focus on one key theme: How can teens start preparing for that job now?

The industry professionals give practical advice about building the right skill sets-but the program doesn't totally ignore the power of positive thinking. In a field segment shot at the premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the Biebs himself advises teens to work hard and never give up on their dreams.

For as stylish as the edited segments are, the narration for the transitions is stiff and sounds like it came from an old Career Day manual, and some of the graphics are dull and at odds with the Hollywood flash that appears in other parts of the program. Those drawbacks are minor compared to the valuable insights offered to teens, who will come away with a much better understanding of the variety and reality of all those jobs they see rolling by in a film's end credits.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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